By Jonathan Wilson

From the war-ravaged streets of Sarajevo, the place turning up for education concerned dodging snipers' bullets, to the crumbling splendour of Budapest's Bozsik Stadium, the place the likes of Puskás and Kocsis masterminded the autumn of britain, the panorama of jap Europe has replaced immeasurably because the fall of communism. Jonathan Wilson has travelled commonly at the back of the outdated Iron Curtain, viewing lifestyles past the autumn of the Berlin Wall during the lens of soccer.

Where as soon as the state-controlled groups of the japanese bloc handed their method with crisp potency - a kind of communist model of overall soccer - to substantial luck at the ecu and overseas levels, this day the gorgeous video game within the East has been spread out to the loose industry, and in the course of the quarter a feeling of chaos pervades. the specter of totalitarian interference not continues to be; yet instead mafia keep an eye on is usually observed with a crippling loss of cash.

In backstage Jonathan Wilson is going looking for the spirit of Hungary's 'Golden Squad' of the early fifties, charts the disintegration of the footballing superpower that used to be the previous Yugoslavia, follows a sorry story of corruption, mismanagement and Armenian cognac throughout the Caucasuses, reopens the case of Russia's maximum footballer, Eduard Streltsov, and talks to Jan Tomaszewski approximately an autumn evening at Wembley in 1973...

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